MediaPost Publications reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has shown interest in deciding when people accused of online copyright infringement can claim they are "innocent infringers" and only subject to small fines, such as $200. The case involves Whitney Harper, who shared 37 songs on a file-sharing network when she was in high school.
Consider the copyright troll Righthaven -- a start-up that has filed more than 100 lawsuits against Web users ranging from Senate candidate Sharron Angle to reform groups to an unemployed woman who blogs about cats. It costs Righthaven $350 to file a lawsuit, so if an innocent infringer defense is available to defendants in those cases, even a victory by Righthaven could cost the company money.See: Article in full
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